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Ting Shi said his first two years in the United States were wretched. He slept in a bunk bed in the same room with his grandparents and a cousin in Chinatown, while his parents lived on East 89th Street, near a laundromat where they endured 12-hour shifts. He saw them only on Sundays.
Even after they found an apartment together, his father often talked about taking the family back to China. So, following the advice of friends and relatives from Fuzhou, where he is from, Ting spent more than two years poring over dog-eared test prep books, attending summer and after-school classes, even going over math formulas on the walk home from school.
This year at Stuyvesant, 72 percent are Asian and less than 4 percent are black or Hispanic.
Melissa Potter, a spokeswoman for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, one of the groups that filed the complaint with the United States Department of Education in September, said that though some of the citys poorest Asian immigrants had found their way into these schools, poor blacks and Hispanics were being left out.
Originally posted by TheXoor
Instead of complaining endlessly about alleged racism and "being left behind," if black students focused on studying as hard as Ting Shi they would see results.
Originally posted by grey580
My take on this.
The issue isn't that the test is excessively hard.
The issue is that you have to spend a ton of cash on tutoring for your kids in order to pass.
Now if it's a case where the kids that get tutored the most are the ones consistently gaining admittance.
Then there's a problem.
The equitable solution would be for everyone to get tutored evenly so that the playing field is level. Everyone should have a fair chance of getting in.
Originally posted by randomname
i think asian parents, for the most part, value academic excellence.
plus the strict culture of respecting and obeying your elders or patriarch without question also plays a big role.
so when an asian parent says study for 4 hrs, the kid doesn't say screw off i'm playing wii.
he's expected to obey, and not only that, but to do it right and without error. personal failure in asian culture is seen as a failure to the whole.
and this is especially true when asians come from over seas to study in n.america and see high school students still coloring.
its not that they're super smart, is that the n.america academic system is so stupid and simple, that they find it much easier than the rigorous and extreme curriculum in say japan or china.
on the issue of the test, the questions are the same for everybody, so how is not fair.
edit on 28-10-2012 by randomname because: (no reason given)
So poor immigrants who sleep in bunkbeds and work 12-hour days at laundromats can afford this but somehow black students cannot?
If the kid in the article can scrape up the time and money to make it happen, lack of time or money can be no excuse for anyone in America. Period.
Asian immigrants succeed in grueling admissions test; other minority voices suggest racism
In Outliers, Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. To support his thesis, he examines the causes of why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the calendar year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth, how The Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history, how cultural differences play a large part in perceived intelligence and rational decision making, and how two people with exceptional intelligence, Christopher Langan and J. Robert Oppenheimer, end up with such vastly different fortunes. Throughout the publication, Gladwell repeatedly mentions the "10,000-Hour Rule", claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.
Finding it ironic that Outliers provided suggestions on how to resolve cultural biases, the Sunday Times review by Kevin Jackson agreed that the book itself suffered from an unbalanced focus on American subjects, predicting that this would lead to better sales in the United States than in the United Kingdom. Jackson was disappointed in the book's lack of new ideas, noting that it merely expands on the concept that "you have to be born at the right moment; at the right place; to the right family (posh usually helps); and then you have to work really, really hard. That's about it." He was also skeptical towards Gladwell's arguments for the 10,000-Hour Rule by countering that The Beatles' success had more to do with "the youthful spirit of the age, the vogue for guitar bands and a spark of collaborative chemistry". Regarding the book, Paul McCartney, former member of The Beatles, said in an interview on August 6, 2010:
----- "I've read the book. I think there is a lot of truth in it [...] I mean there were an awful lot of bands that were out in Hamburg who put in 10,000 hours and didn't make it, so it's not a cast-iron theory. I think, however, when you look at a group who has been successful... I think you always will find that amount of work in the background. But I don't think it's a rule that if you do that amount of work, you're going to be as successful as the Beatles."